Commentary

DACA Recipients Are Essential To Georgia’s Economy

BY: - July 8, 2020

The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a major victory for thousands of young Georgia immigrants who came to America with their parents as children and only know this great state to be home, but there is still more to be done. Nationwide, more than […]

First Amendment rights spark justice and seed change in Georgia

BY: - July 1, 2020

Georgia’s new hate crimes law is welcome and long overdue. But as the headlines marked this historic moment last week, I kept thinking about what finally forced change in Georgia. The shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery and the subsequent delay of justice were just too horrifying to ignore. That injustice was brought to light and […]

Bookman: We could be witnessing the deciding battle of the culture wars

BY: - June 30, 2020

We are living through history, through a tumultuous time in which change accelerates, the once-solid becomes fluid and no one has any real idea of where this thing is headed. Living in chaos, trying to make daily sense of it, has been frightening, exhilarating and confusing.  Someday our grandchildren, reading about this era in their […]

Terrence Martin: Lessons for my Black son

BY: - June 23, 2020

In some cultures, when a boy reaches the age of 13, his entire community comes together to acknowledge his coming of age in a ceremony that celebrates the beginning of manhood. I’ve had to teach my 13-year-old son that being perceived as a grown Black man can be dangerous. I am afraid for my son. […]

Lawmakers return during pandemic, recession and historic calls for justice

BY: - June 15, 2020

Three months ago, the Georgia General Assembly took a historic hiatus because of concerns about COVID-19. Today, the Georgia Recorder staff returns to the Capitol and a political environment that’s continuing the palpable sense of history in the making. We have not seen anything like this before. Lawmakers (and journalists) will wear masks. Sanitization squads […]

Bookman: State needs to step up and fix voting system it bragged about

BY: - June 11, 2020

We should be proud of Georgia, or at least of its people. Their commitment to democracy, to being heard, to being counted, was impressive. They would not be denied. Many stood in line for hours, stubborn and simmering in anger, insistent on casting their votes. They stood through rain, through sun, wearing masks against a […]

Bookman: Let’s be honest about who really fans the flame of racism

BY: - May 30, 2020

As protests turned into riots here in Atlanta and elsewhere Friday night, as leaders such as Killer Mike, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Police Chief Erika Shields stepped forward in a time of crisis, Americans were once again searching for answers to the age-old question of race and racial division. On Fox News, the search […]

Bookman: Time to spike the football on Georgia’s ‘reopening’? Recall 28-3

BY: - May 21, 2020

“The opening seems to be going very well, Brian,” President Donald Trump told Gov. Brian Kemp in a conference call this week. “I’m hearing your numbers are going down as you open. That’s a pleasant thing to hear.” The praise had to be pleasant for Kemp, who had been harshly criticized by Trump after he […]

Bookman: Arbery case’s true horror is safe harbor given for modern lynching

BY: - May 11, 2020

Only in recent years has white American culture become willing to stare the horror of lynching in the face, or at least glance at it sideways. It has done so only because time’s passage has made it feel safe to do so, allowing us to pretend that it was perpetrated by people utterly unlike ourselves. […]

Bookman: Waycross DA’s judgment of Brunswick shooting video ‘insane’

BY: - May 7, 2020

Somebody thought the video of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery had to be made public if Arbery and his family were to get a chance at justice. That unknown somebody was right. The 36-second video of Arbery’s death is a brutal, difficult thing to watch. It looks for all the world like a modern lynching.  […]

Bookman: Kemp’s rush to lift business restrictions both risky and bizarre

BY: - April 23, 2020

“I can tell you that I don’t give a damn about politics right now,” Gov. Brian Kemp said this week as he announced his decision to try to reopen Georgia businesses and ease shelter-at-home restrictions. I suspect that’s true, but only Kemp knows for sure. However, if his decision wasn’t motivated by politics, it also […]

You’ve always got a next best step

BY: - April 13, 2020

The Georgia Recorder platform I have today gives me an opportunity to pay forward some good advice from my past: When you’re in a personal financial crisis, there’s always a next best step. I absorbed that advice — and saw it work — during the Great Recession, when I was communications manager for the nation’s […]